One night I awoke to make my usual trip to the bathroom. On my way there I felt stinging on the top of my foot, it really burned. On my way back to bed I could hardly walk on the foot. I climbed in bed wondering what in the world was going on. The heat in my foot was becoming unbearable.
I woke my husband up and told him that I felt like I had a fever and that my foot felt like it was going to explode- it was bone crushing pain. He brought me my glasses, my books and the homeopathic remedy kit. In considerable pain I didn’t really trust my own diagnosis but it was 3:00 in the morning so I took a shot. My symptoms seemed to indicate a possible venomous insect bite of some sort and the pain was on an extremity. I went with Hypericum (St. John’s Wort) 30C.
By the time I took my first dose my foot had already swollen to be almost round. Within fifteen minutes after this dose the pain had become more bearable, the fever and flu like pain were gone. I re-dosed hourly for 24 hrs. Within a few hours the pain was gone while the foot was elevated. I had full use of the foot by the end of the next day. Several days later, during an acute consultation for one of my sons, Manfred told me that Ledum palustre (Marsh Tea) would probably have been the best remedy, but a second best choice will still move you toward healing, so in a pinch take your best shot.